Hand to Hand Combat (Innbundet)

Author:

Axel Hellstenius

Norwegian title: Nærkamp
Author:
Binding: Innbundet
Year: 2015
Pages: 144
Publisher: Cappelen Damm
Språk: Bokmål
ISBN/EAN: 9788202428389
Age: 14 - 18
Overview Nærkamp

Nærkamp is a comic strip adaptation of the prizewinning novel Fittekvote by Axel Hellstenius and Morten Skårdal. Fittekvote won Uprisen in 2011.

Cadet 2010 Bakke, Victoria quickly realises that military academy is quite different to the hairdressers back home. She tests her own limits both physically and mentally, not least because her relationship with her boyfriend must be kept secret. Is she really willing to sign a contract to be sent to war to fight for her country?

This is the tough, realistic, warm, crude, funny and tragic story of a young girl's reality in the Norwegian armed forces. Nærkamp shows that it is still challenging to be a girl in a primarily male environment while also painting a realistic picture of today's armed forced.

Line Halsnes debuts as a comic strip creator with this book.

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Reviews from Nærkamp
"skildrer militærlivet på en utmerket måte. Replikker og miljø er troverdige, og historien er universell med dramatikk i sentrum rundt kjærlighetsforhold, vennskap og utfordringene ved å bevege seg utenfor komfortsonen. Halsnes tegner tøft med en skisseaktig stil, og det fungerer veldig godt. Kanskje dette er årets mest interessante tegneserieutgivelse for ungdom her hjemme så lagt i år?"Kristian Hellesund, Lyderhorn

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Author Axel Hellstenius
Line Halsnes (1981–) trained in illustration at the Norwich School of Art and Design. She is a partner in the working collective Kobolt Design. Båten mellom stjernene was her first picture book.

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